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Hodges ESL program

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Find Your Pathway To Success With Our ESL Program!

This certificate program is designed to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to enhance your existing knowledge, training, and job skills when English is not your native language. Additionally, the certificate program may further your ability to communicate in English and pursue employment or college opportunities in the United States.

The program focuses on enhancing and developing grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and comprehension. Additionally, computer-assisted learning reinforces your English language studies and software skills.

All ESL classes are available through our online Technology Enhanced Classroom (TEC) format. With TEC enabled, it is now possible to earn your English certificate from the comfort of your home.

English As A Second Language (ESL) Details

Where Can You Take ESL?

Hodges offers the ESL course at the Fort Myers campus from 8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Three 16-Week Courses Per Level

  • Grammar (Levels 1-3)
  • Reading/Writing (Levels 1-3)
  • Listening/Speaking (Levels 1-3)
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must have legal status to live and/or study in the United States for our in-person course.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Applicants must complete an ESL Applicant Qualification form, which is used to determine eligibility to enroll in the program.

Financial Aid is available for Levels 1-3 for students who qualify. Speak to an Admissions Coordinator to find out if you qualify for Financial Aid.

*Please note, International students with F-1 visas pursuing the ESL program will need to attend classes on campus.

College Prep English Details

College Preparatory English

A noncredit college preparatory English course is also offered at the advanced level. This course is designed to provide English language instruction to advanced learners of English who are preparing for college or need to increase their knowledge of academic English for professional purposes.

Reading, Writing, and Grammar (Level 4)

Challenge accepted for Hodges E.S.L program

Where Can You Take College Prep English?

Hodges offers the College Preparatory English course at the Fort Myers campus from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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Intensive English Bridge

Intensive English Program Bridge

A noncredit college preparatory English course is also offered at the advanced level. This course is designed to provide English language instruction to advanced learners of English who are preparing for college or need to increase their knowledge of academic English for professional purposes.

Intensive English Program

A 12-credit course is offered at an advanced level of English proficiency, determined upon taking the HU Entrance Test. A 16-week course is offered at the Fort Myers and Naples campuses.

Where Can You Take Intensive English?

Hodges offers the College Preparatory English course at the Fort Myers campus from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Intensive English Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Applicants must have legal status to live and/or study in the United States.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
  • Contact Admissions for more information.

More About Dr. Leisha Cali, Director of ESL and Hodges Online Program

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Dr. Leisha Cali, Director of ESL, has been with Hodges University since 2004. She has over 28 years of experience and combines her research and practical experienced developed from teaching students English as a Second Language over the past 15 years to deliver language learning strategies that work.

She’s developed the Online English Grammar course specifically for those who may not be able to visit a campus in-person.

Here’s what you can expect.

  • Self-paced alternative programs accessible through Canvas using any mobile device.
  • Grammar courses designed to help you understand the meaning behind the spoken and written word.
  • Helps you level-up your skills beyond survival English, which can impede personal and social interactions, as well as financial opportunities.
  • Tests range from multiple choice to fill-in and can be taken as many times as a student likes.
  • Learn high-frequency vocabulary rather than extensive vocabulary, allowing you to communicate most effectively.
  • Learn ways to develop and build vocabulary in the Practical Application videos in each lesson.
  • Get more for your money with coursework in accent, stress, rhythm, and melody – areas often neglected in traditional and online programs.

In short, Hodges University’s English Grammar Online program is designed so that you can understand how grammar really works and learn how to speak with confidence!

Johnny Dorrine

BB&T Employee and Graduate of Hodges ESL and Business Administration Programs

“Because of the intensive English Program Bridge at Hodges, I was able to advance through ESL classes, a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, and on to a rewarding career in banking at BB&T.”

Get started on your #MyHodgesStory today.

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